GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With 18 verbal commitments and just over seven months until signing day, the Gators have filled about 75 percent of their recruiting class. Over the next two weeks, GatorNation will take a look at some uncommitted prospects who could end up in the Florida Gators' recruiting class. Some of them are highly rated and some might surprise you. Next up is offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia).
Why he could end up in Florida's class
Tunsil, the No. 3-ranked player in the country, lives only about 40 minutes from Florida's campus and admittedly grew up rooting for the Gators. Florida doesn't have much depth along the offensive line, in particular at the tackle position. The 6-foot-6, 295-pound five-star tackle also says that Florida is recruiting him the hardest out of any school.
Why he might not be in Florida's class
Tunsil recently visited Alabama, Georgia and Florida and came away impressed with all three. However, he raved about his visit to Georgia. Though Tunsil wouldn't come out and say it, the Bulldogs might have an advantage in landing the talented left tackle. Though Florida doesn't have a ton of depth at tackle, the Gators will be getting transfer Max Garcia, an all-conference tackle, from Maryland. The Gators also signed D.J. Humphries, the No. 1-ranked left tackle in the country, in their 2012 class. Tunsil says he will likely make his decision on signing day, so the Gators still have time to persuade him to join their class.
How he could fit in
Elite left tackles are hard to come by. Tunsil is talented enough to play as a freshmen. Whether it's on the left or right side, he would see the field early and often. Tunsil admits he needs to get stronger in his lower body. If he does, watch out, the sky is the limit for this five-star athlete.